City Lights Authors in the News

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Disposable Futures
The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux

"Interview with Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux"

Victoria Harper interviews the authors about Disposable Futures, in which Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux analyze how today's dominant economic system uses privatization, mass media and the spectacle of violence to neutralize and control the public. They say, "Violence is the principal recourse and default for those societies in which the social state is under attack . . . The book as such is less about the "exceptional moments in history," but speaks instead to those contemporary forms of disposability that have become so normalized, where the burden of guilt is placed on the shoulders of the victims, while the most pernicious of systemic abuses continue to hide things in plain sight. In doing so, we hope that it offers and enables a critical angle of vision that goes well beyond the mere authentication of lives as simply born vulnerable to question the systemic design for oppression and exploitation that produces humans as some expendable category."

-Truthout May 10, 2015

"Excerpt from the first chapter of 'Disposable Futures'"

In Disposable Futures, Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux analyze how today's dominant economic system uses privatization, mass media and the spectacle of violence to neutralize and control the public. An Excerpt from the first chapter of Disposable Futures: "There is no greater task today than to develop a critique of violence adequate to our deeply unjust, inequitable, and violent times. Only then might we grasp the magnitude and depths of suffering endured on a daily basis by many of the world's citizens. Only then might we move beyond the conceit of a neoliberal project, which has normalized violence such that its worst manifestations become part of our cultural "pastimes." And only then might we reignite a radical imagination that is capable of diagnosing the violence of the present in such a manner that we have the confidence to rethink the meaning of global citizenship in the twenty-first century."

-Truthout May 6, 2015

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández

"Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal"

Dr. Johanna Fernandez, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed by Sonali Kolhatkar for Uprising Radio on Mumia Abu-Jamal, his current medical condition, and the new book of his writings from City Lights. Full audio with video excerpt.

-Uprising Radio May 6, 2015

"New York Times article 'Police Files on Radicals Are at Center of a Lawsuit.' "

Johanna Fernandez, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed about her request for the NYPD to find and turn over documents on the Puerto Rican militant group the Young Lords.

- Colin Moynihan. The New York Times Aug 27, 2014

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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
60th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"The Pocket Poet Series Turns 60"

An introduction by Michael Lieberman to the Pocket Poet Series and the upcoming Pocket Poets Anthology 60th Anniversary Edition by City Lights, talking about Howl and Other Poems and what the series was intended for at its inception.

-Seattle Post-Intelligencer May 8, 2015

"Celebrating Bookstores"

The Bay Area Reporter rounds-out Independent Bookstore Day with a run-through of books to look for, excerpting two pieces from the City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology 60th Anniversary Edition, Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry and Time Traveler's Potlatch by Philip Lamantia.

-The Bay Area Reporter May 7, 2015

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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career
The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997
Bill Morgan

"Letter to Lawrence Ferlinghetti"

A letter from Allen Ginsberg to Lawrence Ferlinghetti dated July 5, 1962 and included in I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career, is excerpted in the May 8th edition of Little Star Weekly. Ginsberg was writing from Calcutta, India to Ferlinghetti in San Francisco. The letter appears in the online version and on the journal's app.

-Little Star Weekly May 8, 2015

"Celebrating Bookstores"

The Bay Area Reporter rounds-out Independent Bookstore Day with a run-through of books to look for, excerpting a passage from I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career - a portion of a letter Allen Ginsberg wrote to Lawrence Ferlinghetti talking about if he could mail a Richard Avedon nude photo of him through mail.

-The Bay Area Reporter May 7, 2015

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Two-Way Mirror
A Poetry Notebook
David Meltzer

"A Poem Is a Two-Way Mirror Concealing the Page"

Jake Marmer visits with Beat icon David Meltzer, 'still performing and confounding, still showing the way' with a full profile of Meltzer, his new book Two-Way Mirror, City Lights, and Meltzer’s fascinating relationship with Jewish mysticism.

-Tablet Magazine May 4, 2015

"SERPENT POWER: City Lights Looks Forward to David Meltzer's Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook"

Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog profiles the work of David Meltzer, recently highlighted on the City Lights blog, where his newest work, Two-Way Mirror was previewed.

-Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Feb 23, 2015

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Women in Public
City Lights Spotlight No. 13
Elaine Kahn

"Poetry Is Not the Final Girl: Elaine Kahn"
Elaine Kahn is interviewed by Trisha Low for Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog: "Elaine Kahn and I have a long-standing agreement that either of us can flake on any scheduled date we have to hang out because of reasons of emotional distress and/or exhaustion. This means that we don't see each other often because one of us is usually always crying, but that doesn’t really matter. The feeling of knowing that your friend is letting you self-care is often the higher form of love than actually hanging out. And I love Elaine exactly as she is. Distressed, exhausted, and most of all, crying on Instagram.

"My friend Claire says often that if you see a woman crying on the street, and you ask her why, chances are that she’s crying because of some reason that is ultimately reducible to just being a woman, which might be the greatest horror there is. But on the flip side probably the best thing thing about being a woman is having the prerogative to burn it all to the ground. And no one knows this better than one Ms. Elaine Kahn. So her and I will say thanks very much and goodbye hey also I’d watch out for that gasoline if I were you."

-Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Apr 30, 2015

"On Being-Hated: Damien Hurst, Alli Warren, Kissing the Wall"

A report from the Women in Public reading at City Lights bookstore as well as other observations by Trisha Low.

-SFMOMA Open Space Apr 8, 2015

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On Time
Poems 2005 - 2014
Joanne Kyger

"Joanne Kyger & Bill Berkson @ SFPL"

Video: Bill Berkson reading from Expect Delays (Coffee House Press) and Joanne Kyger reading from On Time (City Lights Books) for National Poetry Month at the San Francisco Public Library on April 14th, 2015

-Litseen Apr 19, 2015

"Arriving Without a Sound: Three Poems on Zen and Its Passage"

3 poems by Joanne Kyger, appearing in On Time, excerpted on Tricycle Magazine's blog. "Myokyo Dream," “There Are Those Buddhists,” and “Unlimited Growth on a Planet of Finite Size”

-Tricycle Apr 22, 2015

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Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

"New York Times Best Sellers list, May 17, 2015: #5 in Children's Best Sellers/Middle Grade"

Featured in the NYTimes "Inside the List": "A Feminist A B C: When her daughter was 2, a few years ago, Kate Schatz looked in vain for a children's book about female role models. So Schatz — a former women’s studies and creative writing major, with an M.F.A. from Brown — wrote one herself: Rad American Women A-Z, a book of mini-biographies with illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl, is new on the children’s middle-grade list at No. 5. (Sample: F is for Florence Griffith-Joyner, who 'showed us how to run like a girl.') 'American history gets pretty fixed on a few singular figures," Schatz told The San Jose Mercury News, "especially when it comes to women and people of color. I hope this book opens up the field of history a bit.’"

-New York Times May 8, 2015

"KQED San Francisco feature article"

"Each one-page bio is written in a charming, easy-to-understand way, but with an underlying political consciousness that'll appeal to parents who’ve grown tired of an endless parade of trite and fluffy kid’s books."—Leilani Clark

-KQED San Francisco May 5, 2015

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Beautiful Chaos
A Life in the Theater
Carey Perloff

"An excerpt on Indiewire's 'Women and Hollywood'"

Book Excerpt: Lessons from Dedicating Three Decades to a Life in the Theater

-Indiewire Apr 6, 2015

"Feature on Carey Perloff in the Los Angeles Times"

"Out of Carey Perloff's 'Chaos' comes theatrical harmony"

-Los Angeles Times Mar 27, 2015

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The Poetry Deal
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 5
Diane di Prima

"Winner of NCIBA Poetry Award"

Booksellers in Northern California voted for their favorite books by local authors from last year. The Poetry Deal won the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) Award for Poetry!

-NCIBA Apr 13, 2015

"Interview with Diane di Prima, SF Chronicle"

Jonah Raskin interviews Diane di Prima about her new book, The Poetry Deal.

-Jonah Raskin, SF Chronicle Nov 5, 2014

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee

"2015 Over the Rainbow List: 78 LGBT Books for Adult Readers"

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee named a top ten favorite on the 2015 Over the Rainbow List from the ALA's GLBTRT, who's mission is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic GLBT content and are recommended for adults over age 18.

-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) Feb 1, 2015

"How Being Mugged at Gunpoint Changed This Trans Man's Life"

News report of HuffPost Live panel Thomas Page McBee took part in February 2015.

-Huffington Post Gay Voices Feb 5, 2015

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux

"Interview with Henry Giroux"

Henry Giroux also explores what he calls the "soft war" on youth -- a campaign where digital space is so corporatized that it de-politicizes the young. Massive student debt has financially incarcerated them while their unemployment rate surges.   What's to be done?  This episode of Ideas explores that question using excerpts from a talk he gave as part of the Spur series, and from an interview with host, Paul Kennedy.

-CBC Radio Apr 17, 2015

"Interview with Michael Slate at KPFK"

Henry Giroux discusses torture, Carl Dix on the fight against police brutality, and more with KPFK's Michael Slate.

-KPFK Jan 5, 2015

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Tender Buttons
The Corrected Centennial Edition
Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow

"Twenty-two microreviews of "Tender Buttons" by Jacket2"

Jacket2 presents "microreviews" by various writers who reflect on this book that first appeared in print in 1914.

-Jacket2 Mar 10, 2015

"Harriet, blog of The Poetry Foundation"

Harriet gives Tender Buttons a nice shout out, linking to the City Lights podcast series recording of the San Francisco book event.

-Harriet May 7, 2014

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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

"Bookmarks: National Poetry Month"


For National Poetry Month 2015, Keith Orr (owner of Ann Arbor's Language Bookstore) offers insight into the importance of poetry while recommending great works to both those old and new to the genre. Included in this list (besides Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems) is Lenelle Moïse’s Haiti Glass from City Lights/Sister Spit.
"Sixty Years after the publication of "Howl," City Lights began a collaboration with poet and author Michelle Tea to publish two to three books a year under the imprint of Sister Spit. Tea is the author of Valencia, founder of the Radar Reading series, co-founder of the legendary Sister Spit literary tours and cultural promoter. The imprint is grabbing the attention of the LGBT literary world.
"The imprint's first collection of poetry already has received a Lambda Literary nomination. Lenelle Moise is a playwright and performance artist, and it comes through in her debut collection of poetry. Alternating rhythms of hip hop and Haiti drive these poems of identity. The vodou of Haiti is a constant point of reference in her grappling of a Haitian-American identity. Even in her ode to Michael Jackson, 'a pump of bony pelvis' she calls him a ghede (spirit) and zombie."


-Pride Source Apr 30, 2015

"Live Art Magazine Issue II"

Lenelle Moïse talks to Monte Belmonte and reads from her book Haiti Glass for Live Art Magazine II on WRSI in Northampton, where she was the Poet Laureate from 2010-2012.

-Monte Belmonte, WRSI - Northampton Oct 22, 2014